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Learn about events happening in and around Washington! Local arts and cultural organizations are invited to submit events to this calendar.

Building Zone

  • Through Friday, July 31, 2015

The Building Zone introduces children to the building arts through play in an interactive gallery of hands-on activities for the Museum's youngest visitors.

For Whom It Stands

  • Through Saturday, February 28, 2015

More than 100 works of art, artifacts, documents, and photographs reflect the breadth of American experiences. A fragment of the original Star-Spangled Banner serves as a starting point to investigate the broad history and representation of the United States flag as an icon of our nation and its people.

Sun • April 6, 2014

 

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Brief Encounter

Lansburgh Theatre

Based on the iconic 1945 movie and Noël Coward’s play Still Life, Brief Encounter switches seamlessly between live theatre and projected film footage, taking audiences to a bygone age of romance and the silver screen.

Categories: Theater

Brief Encounter

Lansburgh Theatre

Based on the iconic 1945 movie and Noël Coward’s play Still Life, Brief Encounter switches seamlessly between live theatre and projected film footage, taking audiences to a bygone age of romance and the silver screen.

Categories: Theater

Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland proudly presents Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, running Sunday, February 23 through Sunday, May 11, 2014.  This unique and celebrated exhibition displays a wide range of contemporary Japanese ceramic vessels produced for the traditional art of ikebana flower arranging. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, International

31st Annual Pysanka Workshop & Easter Bazaar

Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family

Learn to decorate eggs the traditional Ukrainian way (real eggs, wax resist/batik technique). Register: 1-2 pm Workshop: 2-5 pm Event begins at 12:00PM Presented by: Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine

Adkins-Newman Duo

Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ

Elisabeth Adkins, Associate Concertmaster of the National Symphony for 31 years, is leaving DC to accept a professorship in Texas. This concert is both a benefit for the Washington Conservatory and a celebration of Ms. Adkin’s career and the 20th anniversary of the Adkins-Newman duo.

The program includes Bach Italian Concerto (solo piano), Beethoven Piano and Violin Sonata in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3, Chopin Etudes Op. 25, No. 1 and No. 2, Ballade No. 3 in Ab Major and Pierne Sonata for Violin and Piano (1900).  At the conclusion of the concert, the couple will return to the stage for a brief question and answer time with the audience.

Elisabeth Adkins was awarded the position of Associate Concertmaster of the National Symphony by Music Director Mstislav Rostropovich at the age 25. She has appeared with the NSO as concerto soloist on numerous occasions. She was featured with the NSO at the special request of the late Iona Brown, whom she joined in Bach's Concerto for Two Violins. She has appeared as soloist with the Dallas Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony and as Concertmaster of the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra.

Edward Newman received both B.M and M.M degrees from the Julliard School and has been soloist with numerous orchestras, among them the Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony. He was awarded first prize in the 1979 Casadeus International Piano Competition. He also was a prizewinner in the Gina Bachauer Competition and was a semifinalist in the 1981 Van Cliburn Competition.

Adkins and Newman are former Artists-in-Residence at the Washington Conservatory of Music, and Newman is currently a member of the Washington Conservatory piano faculty.

Event begins at 5 PM, $25 General Admission Tickets. Presented by Washington Conservatory of Music

Categories: Music: Classical

Alice in Wonderland

ArtSpace Falls Church

“Curiouser and curiouser” down the Rabbit Hole we go! Come join Alice on her fantastical journey through Wonderland. The White Rabbit, The Cheshire Cat, The Caterpillar, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts…all your favorite characters will be there as our Learning Theater Ensemble puts their acting skills to the test in this classic Lewis Carroll tale. Our story will be told through the inventive musical stylings of Matt Conner and the over-the-top creative set and puppet designs of Margie Jervis. So bring the whole family for a mad, mad day at the cauldron and enjoy our fresh new look at one of the most famous and enduring children’s classics of all time. Event begins at 2:00PM Presented by: Creative Cauldron

Categories: Theater

Bach In Baltimore presents the St. John Passion

Christ Lutheran Church at the Inner Harbor

Bach In Baltimore presents its Spring Masterpiece performance of J.S. Bach's St. John Passion. With the Bach In Baltimore Choir & Orchestra, special guest soloists, and T. Herbert Dimmock, conductor. Tickets: $30 general admission and $15 for students. Add $5 to all ticket prices when purchasing at the door on concert day.

Event begins at 4:00PM

Presented by: Bach In Baltimore

Categories: Music: Classical

Building Zone

National Building Museum

Building Zone long-term Monday through Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00 pm; Sunday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Ages 2-6 with adult supervision The Building Zone introduces children to the building arts through play in an interactive gallery of hands-on activities for the Museum's youngest visitors. The National Building Museum gratefully acknowledges The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation for its support of the Building Zone. Project Playhouse is sponsored by HomeAid and built by Pardee Homes. Event begins at Presented by: National Building Museum

Categories: Family Oriented

Choral Evensong

Christ Church, Georgetown

Christ Church, Georgetown (31st and O Streets, N.W.) continues its Choral Evensong series on Sunday April 6 at 5 p.m. with the music of Philip Radcliffe, Healey Willan, and Christoph Willibald von Gluck.  Sung by the professional Choir of Christ Church, this series is free and open to the public as a gift to the community.  For information call 202-333-6677.

DAR Museum Exhibition Showcases Changes in Comfort and Convenience in the Evolution of the American Household

DAR Museum

This exhibition explores how we have evolved from the fireplace and washing clothes by hand to the many conveniences we take for granted today like automated electric appliances, plumbing and central heating. Over sixty objects dating from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries will be on exhibit showing the “latest” devices that no one could live without. In the final analysis, however, did these devices actually save time or did they create more work?

Event begins at 9:30AM

Presented by: DAR Museum

Categories: Exhibits

Demonstrations and Conversations: A Bowl of Tea

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Date Sunday, April 6, 2014, 3 pm
Categories Demonstrations, Lectures & Discussions
Co-sponsor Tea provided by DōMatcha and Harney & Sons.
Venue Sackler Gallery
Event Location Sublevel 1
Cost Free; walk-in.
Related Exhibition Chigusa and the Art of Tea

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Demonstrations and Conversations: A Bowl of Tea

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Date Sunday, April 6, 2014, 3 pm
Categories Demonstrations, Lectures & Discussions
Co-sponsor Tea provided by DōMatcha and Harney & Sons.
Venue Sackler Gallery
Event Location Sublevel 1
Cost Free; walk-in.
Related Exhibition Chigusa and the Art of Tea

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Demonstrations and Conversations: A Bowl of Tea

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Date Sunday, April 6, 2014, 3 pm
Categories Demonstrations, Lectures & Discussions
Co-sponsor Tea provided by DōMatcha and Harney & Sons.
Venue Sackler Gallery
Event Location Sublevel 1
Cost Free; walk-in.
Related Exhibition Chigusa and the Art of Tea

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Demonstrations and Conversations: A Bowl of Tea

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Date Sunday, April 6, 2014, 3 pm
Categories Demonstrations, Lectures & Discussions
Co-sponsor Tea provided by DōMatcha and Harney & Sons.
Venue Sackler Gallery
Event Location Sublevel 1
Cost Free; walk-in.
Related Exhibition Chigusa and the Art of Tea

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

The Walters Art Museum

Subtle, bold, powerful.

Japan’s contemporary ceramic artists draw on traditions begun thousands of years ago as they create containers for the presentation of flowers. Inspired in part by Japan’s distinctive ikebana flower arranging styles, the extraordinary ceramics on display in Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics exist in unique harmony with these floral traditions.

Categories: Exhibits

E.E. McCollum: The Cocoon Series

The Art League Gallery

In “The Cocoon Series,” photographer E.E. McCollum artfully captures and transforms the human figure by using nylon tubing to encase the body.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Exhibit: ColorField

The Art League Gallery

This exhibit honors the Washington Color School movement and its founders, many of whom taught at The Art League in the 1970s and have influenced members past and present.

Categories: Exhibits, Free, Arts

Family Friendly -- Puppets and Stars

South River High School

Londontowne Symphony Orchestra presents:

Family Friendly -- Puppets and Stars

Saint-Saens, Carnival of the Animals
Wieniawski, Concerto No. 2 in D minor (first movement)
Debussy, Danses (second movement)
Grieg, Concerto in A minor (first movement)

Anna Binneweg, conductor
Bob Brown, narrator
Glenna Cureton, violin
Anna Dunlap, harp
Evelyn Song, piano

Tickets: $15, $10 seniors, students free

Fine Art Professionals of Northern Virginia Group Exhibition

Delaplaine Visual Arts Center

Twenty-six of Northern Virginia’s top professional artists are scheduled to exhibit at The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, MD from April 5-27, 2014. The exhibit features a wide range of styles including abstract, impressionism, and realism in various painting mediums such as oils, watercolors, acrylics, and pastels.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

GW University Orchestra: Now for Something Different

Lisner Auditorium

The GW University Orchestra presents "Now for Something Different," a concert conducted by Nancia D'Alimonte. The program includes: Music for 'Orpheus' by Christoph Willibald Gluck, Wallingford Riegger's, 'Dance Rhythms', and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2.

Categories: Music: Classical

Highlighted Exhibitions: Women in Chinese Painting

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

through April 27, 2014

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

House and Home

National Building Museum

House & Home, a long-term exhibition presented by the National Building Museum, takes visitors on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, challenging our ideas about what it means to live at home in America. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Imaginasia: Illuminated Nights

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Saturdays, April 5 and 12; Sundays, April 6 and 13; 2 pm

Sackler sublevel 2

 

Categories: Arts, Lecture

In Focus: Ara Güler's Anatolia

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Ara Güler, the “Eye of Istanbul,” is famous for his iconic snapshots of the city in the 1950s and '60s. But with an archive of more than 800,000 photographs, Güler's body of work contains far more than these emblematic images. In December 2013, the Freer and Sackler Galleries will open an exhibition of never-before-shown works by the legendary photographer. Curated by Johns Hopkins University students in partnership with the museums, the installation will examine Güler's definition of himself as a photojournalist through the presentation of his photographs.

Featured are photographs of medieval Seljuk and Armenian buildings that Güler took in 1965. The exhibition therefore brings images of important Anatolian monuments to an American audience, highlighting Turkey's cultural history. Beyond appreciating their subject matter, the display asks visitors to think critically about the way images were created. Pushing the boundaries of traditional curatorial practice, this exhibition guides viewers into a critical debate about photography: documentation versus art.

Event begins at

Categories: Exhibits

Investigating Where We Live: Recapturing Shaw’s Legacy

National Building Museum

Investigating Where We Live is a summer program in which teen students from the D.C. area use multimedia technology to explore, document, and interpret the built environment of local neighborhoods.

It's a Comedy, Tonight! live on-stage at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for our production of "It's a Comedy, Tonight!".  In case you didn’t get enough Tomfoolery on April Fool’s Day, we got some extra to spare! 

Categories: Theater, Music: Other

Jean Meisel: 50–65 Horizon Line

The Phillips Collection

50–65 Horizon Line brings together more than 50 of Jean Meisel’s small watercolors of horizon lines displayed in an intimate alcove of the Phillips house. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Jessica van Brakle: Industrial Paradise

Artisphere

Free opening reception: Thu Mar 20 / 6–8pm; Artist talk / 7pm

Industrial Paradise combines man-made structures with natural organic elements to examine the complex relationship between man and nature.  

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Jupiter String Quartet

Jewish Community Center Greater Washington

The Jupiter String Quartet, formed in 2001, is a particularly intimate group, consisting of violinists Nelson Lee and Megan Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (older sister of Meg), and cellist Daniel McDonough (husband of Meg, brother-in-law of Liz). As they enter their second decade of making music together, their tightly knit ensemble has firmly established itself as an important voice in the world of chamber music.

Event begins at 7:30PM

Presented by: JCC of Greater Washington

Featured Artist(s): Jupiter String Quartet

Categories: Music: Classical, Arts

Living Colors -- an exhibit by accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Living Colors, an April Featured Artist Exhibit by painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate in a vivid presentation of color, shape, and movement.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Made in the USA

The Phillips Collection

Made in the USA is the most comprehensive presentation of The Phillips Collection's American art in nearly 40 years!

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Made in the USA: American Masters from the Phillips Collection, 1850-1970

The Phillips Collection

Following an acclaimed worldwide tour, the Phillips’s renowned collection of American masterworks returns to the museum. The exhibition tells the story of American art from the late 19th-century to the mid-20th century when American art became a significant global force after World War II. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Moscow Festival Ballet: Ballet Favorites

George Mason University Center for the Arts

This masterful corps of dancers presents a delightful afternoon featuring the most exquisite jewels of the ballet canon. This remarkable collection of ballet selections includes the highlights from The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Don Quixote; Fokine’s poignant "Dying Swan" set to music by Saint-Saens; Petipa's most loved gems from Paquita; and much more. This outstanding company from Moscow was founded in 1989 by legendary Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Sergei Radchenko, who brought leading dancers from across Russia together to forge a new company dedicated to staging new productions of timeless classics in the grand tradition of Russian ballet. "The dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet spoke to the soul through the body." (Post and Courier)

Event begins at 4:00PM

Categories: International, Dance

Play Work Build

National Building Museum

PLAY WORK BUILD takes children and adults alike through an exploration of play with an immersive, hands-on installation featuring molded foam blocks of all shapes and sizes and an original virtual block play experience. 

Pooch-A-Palooza Free Concert

Mason District Regional Park

APEX Pet Partners is sponsoring our third annual BBQ/ Party/Concert, to be held RAIN or SHINE!, in the beautiful Mason District Park. The event is free and there is ample seating. We have reserved both the amphitheater and a picnic area with tables and BBQs, but it is B.Y.O. food. Dogs must be on leash, and pooper-scooped. Beer/wine/alcohol are NOT allowed in the park. Picnic area will be open from 11AM until 7PM. Food/drinks should be enjoyed there, not in the amphitheater. Live music Noon– 6PM. Thank you & enjoy!!

Event begins at 12:00PM

Presented by: APEX Pet Partners

Featured Artist(s): Midnight Mumblers: Mixing Bowl Musical Mahem! This homegrown group plays classic rock and some blues and jamrock. Enjoy your favorites from the Stones, Beatles, the Dead & more. Good old hard driving rock done loud & proud.

REVOLUTION: Art and Technology art exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

"REVOLUTION: Art and Technology" art exhibit (April 4-27) at Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. Artists explore their relationship with technology in 2-D, 3-D. Thursday 12-6pm; Friday & Saturday 12-9pm; Sunday 12-6pm

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Shakespeare's Birthday Open House

Folger Shakespeare Library

Come celebrate Shakespeare's birthday with jugglers and jesters, music, song and dance. Enjoy stage combat workshops, the chance to perform your favorite lines of Shakespeare on the Folger stage, and tours and treasure hunts of the Folger's reading rooms. Plus, crafts for the kids and birthday cake for all! Admission is free.

Event begins at 12:00PM

Presented by: Folger Shakespeare Library

Shakespeare's the Thing

Folger Shakespeare Library

Explore Shakespeare’s influence on visual art, performance, and scholarship through treasures from the Folger collection hand-picked by Folger staff, including a special look at how fans have celebrated Shakespeare from his time to ours. Marking Shakespare's 450th birthday.

The Folger Shakespeare Library is open to the public 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday, with special exhibition viewing hours on Sundays from 12pm to 5pm. Free, docent-led tours are available Monday through Friday at 11am and 3pm, Saturdays at 11am and 1pm, and Sundays at 1pm.

Event begins at

Presented by: Folger Shakespeare Library

Featured Artist(s): Curated by Georgianna Ziegler

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Tours

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

Montgomery County Fairgrounds

One of the nation’s most prominent and popular crafts and fine arts festivals 

 

 

 

Sunday Afternoon Waltz

Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park

Join us for a Waltz Dance and lesson in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park on Sunday, April 6, 2014 featuring the ensemble Sugar Beat playing a lively mix of folk waltzes with a few other couple dances, including Hambo, Schottische, Swing, Tango, and Polka. 

Categories: Dance

Symphony of the Potomac

Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center

Symphony of the Potomac: Sunday, Apr.6, 2014, at 3:00 p.m.  Joel Lazar directs the orchestra in Verdi, Elgar, and Berlioz, with Katherine Murdock, viola.  

Categories: Music: Classical

The 25th Annual Potomac River Sacred Harp Singing Convention

The Great Falls Grange

Sacred Harp is a uniquely American tradition that brings communities together to sing four-part hymns, anthems, and fuguing tunes. Please join us for two full days of singing as we celebrate 25 great years of Sacred Harp and shape note singing in the DC metro area! 

 

The Thomas Crown Affair Movie Night - REVOLUTION: Art and Technology - Movie

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

The Thomas Crown Affair Movie Night on Sunday, April 6 at 7 pm: The worlds of art and technology collide when modern technology is breached and a priceless Monet painting from the Metropolitan Museum of Art is stolen. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Trunk Show: Vintage Japanese Garments

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Friday–Sunday, April 4–6, 10 am–5 pm

Sackler shop, sublevel 1

 

 

 

Categories: Arts

Ukrainian Easter Bazaar

Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church

Annual Ukrainian Easter Bazaar

Washington National Opera

James McEvoy Auditorium of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum as The Washington National Opera’s Domingo Cafritz Young Artists Program returns to perform scenes from the American operatic repertoire, including Lori Laitman’s The Scarlet Letter and Derrick Wang’s Scalia/Ginsburg.

Categories: Music: Classical, Arts, Free

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